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NIDA’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM Goes Global!

Teens joined with scientists and drug education advocates at more than 2,000 events across all 50 states and in 10 countries for the sixth annual National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM (NDAFW), held from January 25th – 31st this year. Through community-based events and activities on the web, teens were encouraged to SHATTER THE MYTHS and get the facts from scientific experts about drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Promotional media activities surrounding the week reached millions of people via traditional and social media platforms.


What is National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM?
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week logo
NDAFW is a week-long observance that links teens with experts who can give them factual information and dispel the myths about drug and alcohol abuse. It was inspired by the success of NIDA’s Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, which began in 2007. During Chat Day, NIDA scientists receive and answer thousands of questions via a live web chat from teens at registered schools across the country. In response to this demonstrated interest from teens to get the scientific facts about drugs and alcohol, NIDA developed NDAFW, asking teens, schools, and community groups all over America to hold their own “Q and A” events with local experts. Read press release ⇒

Did you take the Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge?
Drug IQ Challenge Espannol
As part of the week's activities, NIDA released its "National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge.” The 12-question, multiple-choice quiz challenges teens and adults to test their knowledge about drugs. To date, nearly 97,000 people have taken the 2016 IQ Challenge! The IQ Challenge is interactive, and includes English and Spanish videos of NIDA specialists discussing the answers to each question. View Spanish Verson ⇒

2,029 NDAFW Community Events Held; 400+ MORE than Last Year
Map of events
The number of NDAFW events continued to grow this year, with more than 2,000 events held across all 50 states and 10 countries around the world (view map). Events were sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups, sports clubs, book clubs, and local hospitals. Check out photos from the events on our Flickr page.

Highlights of NDAFW Events:

NIDA Scientists Answer More than 1,400 Questions During Chat Day!
Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day logo
During the week, NIDA also hosted Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day (January 26), a live online chat between teens and NIH scientists. Despite the inclement weather, more than 60 high schools participated from 25 states. The blizzard did not stop NIDA, NIAAA and NIMH experts from participating remotely, with around 25 scientists answering more than 1,400 questions! Read the 2016 Chat Day transcript ⇒

The next Chat Day will be held January 26, 2017!

Millions of Viewers Heard NDAFW Messages Through Social Media Campaign
Shatter the Myths Twitter post
This year, NIDA conducted a social media campaign with influential bloggers, resulting in a total of 5.9 million impressions. The blog posts focused on NDAFW messages in the blogger’s own words with links to NIDA content and imagery. Each Instagram post included a personalized “I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because…” sign. Blog highlights included posts on Modern Day Mom, Melissa Source, It’s a Lovely Life, and Daddy’s Hangout.

Mark your calendars for next year!
National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM will be held
January 23 - January 29, 2017!

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